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Annette Oswald

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Annette Oswald, 91, of Carroll, and formerly of Harlan, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

The family kindly requests that those in attendance at services wear a face covering.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll. The celebrant will be Father Timothy Schott. Music will be by Jane Heithoff. Lectors will be Jenny Sloan, Jolene Vos, Heather Adler and Andrea Rau. Gift bearers will be Lindsay Williams and Paige Williams. Eucharistic minister will be Kim Vandendiessie. Casket bearers will be Nic McCauley, Trevor McCauley, Mat McCauley, Ryan Oswald, Jared Aalbers, Eric Gross and Garrett Shirbroun. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. in the Harlan Cemetery in Harlan.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Monday at St. Lawrence Church.

Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Annette’s family at

Annette, the oldest of six children of Ed and Annie (Kanne) Fleskes was born on April 3, 1930, in Carroll, Iowa. She married Robert Oswald on June 25, 1952. They were the first couple married in the current St. Lawrence Church building.

Annette enjoyed traveling, gardening, baking and sewing. Faith and family were very important to her. Annette served on the St. Michael Parish Ladies Guild in Harlan and St. John Paul II-St. Lawrence Ladies Guild in Carroll.

Annette is survived by her husband: Bob, of Carroll; children: Barb Aalbers (Dick) of Monroe, Steve Oswald of Omaha, Nebraska, Craig (Lori) Oswald of Denver, Colorado, Lori McCauley (Mike) of Adrian, Michigan, and Julie Shirbroun of Lidderdale; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; her sisters: Vera (Duane) Sporrer of Carroll, Kay Heisterkamp of Ankeny and Judy Adams (Tex) of Estherville; sisters-in-law: Marilyn Mellhollin (Steve) of Franklin, Tennessee, and Shirley Fleskes of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; as well as many nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by two children at birth: Scott and Joni; her parents: Ed and Annie Fleskes; her brother: Jack Fleskes; and a sister: Pat Sturm.

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